Best University in the Middle East in Pursuing Internationalisation via Working Towards The UN’s SDGs


Jadara was founded in 2005 and began its educational programmes in 2006. It is a prestigious private university located in the northern province of Jordan, the only private university in the province to be included in the current QS ranking, securing a position between 170 and 200 among the best institutions in the Middle East. It derives its name from the historic city of “Um Qais,” which was one of the ten towns in the Decapolis during the Roman Era. The university has 8,500 students enrolled in nine faculties: engineering, pharmacy, allied medical sciences, education, law, business, science & IT, arts and languages, educational sciences, and faculty of graduate studies. These faculties provide a combined total of 34 unique fields of study for undergraduate degrees and 15 graduate programmes, including 14 master’s programmes and one higher diploma. Jadara hosts several annual international conferences, facilitating its path towards internationalisation. It is considered one of the leading universities in Jordan and the Middle East in terms of sustainability, since it has just been listed among the top 182 institutions globally in the GreenMetrics international ranking system. The CFI judging panel commends the Jadara motto: ‘Eager to Embrace Sustainability’. Jadara undeniably has a well designed and well-maintained green campus. All buildings have been equipped with solar panels to fulfill their cooling and heating requirements, and there is a strong emphasis on using energy-efficient electrical equipment. Jadara implements ‘Single Stream Recycling’, which ensures efficient waste disposal processes. Paper is used cautiously, while plastic bags are prohibited on campus. The institution has an abundant supply of water resources and does not rely on external sources. Jadara provides students with courses focused on sustainability in education. The travel strategy aims to minimize gas emissions, prioritizing virtual meetings wherever feasible. According to the panel, Jadara is faithfully serving the community and the country, ever mindful of the UN imperatives, and is the natural choice for the 2023 award Best University in the Middle East in pursuing internationalisation via working towards the UN’s SDGs.

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